Gram-scale StarChip components | 4 cameras

Sub-gram-scale 2 megapixel cameras are currently widely available at very low costs. The trend has been a doubling of pixels for the same mass every two years. It is anticipated that these devices will continue this trend for some time. Advances in planar Fourier capture array cameras should make it possible to eliminate the need for focusing optics in the cameras. Advances in Fresnel lens imaging and planar Fourier capture array cameras should make it possible to build focusing optics in the cameras light enough to be used in the mission, or eliminate the need for focusing optics altogether.

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Feb 26, 2018 21:26 Breakthrough Initiatives Posted on: Breakthrough Initiatives

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Mar 16, 2018 16:44 Richard Boutilier Posted on: Centauri Dreams

I am sure this has already been answered in the forum, but, if someone wouldn't mind repeating the answer, I am wondering if the reported "continent"-sized resolution of the probes is based on only the nano-craft's optics or includes using the deformable light-sail as a reflector-style telescope collector dish for the probes?

May 14, 2018 22:41 Breakthrough Initiatives Posted on: Breakthrough Initiatives

Thank you for your comments. We are considering using less than 1 meter of the deformable sail to image the target planet. When we understand our ability to manipulate the sail we will have a better estimate on how well we can image the target.

- Pete Klupar, Breakthrough Starshot

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